Apple has launched its new buy now, pay later service in the US called Apple Pay Later, which allows consumers to split their purchases into four payments spread over six weeks, with zero interest and no fees.
Apple Pay Later is a new financial service that enables consumers to purchase goods and services online or in-app with merchants that accept Apple Pay. This service allows users to split their purchases into four payments over six weeks, with zero interest and no fees. Apple stated that users could apply for Apple Pay Later loans of $50 to $1,000, which can be used for online and in-app purchases made on iPhones and iPad.
Users can easily track, manage, and repay their Apple Pay Later loans in one convenient location in Apple Wallet.
According to Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, “there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to how people manage their finances. Many people are looking for flexible payment options, which is why we’re excited to provide our users with Apple Pay Later.”
“Apple Pay Later was designed with our users’ financial health in mind, so it has no fees and no interest and can be used and managed within Wallet, making it easier for consumers to make informed and responsible borrowing decisions,” she added.
How to apply, and manage loans seamlessly in Wallet
To get started with Apple Pay Later, users can apply for a loan within Wallet with no impact on their credit. They will then be prompted to enter the amount they would like to borrow and agree to the Apple Pay Later terms. A soft credit pull will be done during the application process to help ensure the user is in a good financial position before taking on the loan.
After a user is approved, they will see the Pay Later option when they select Apple Pay at checkout online and in apps on iPhone and iPad, and they can use Apple Pay Later to make a purchase. Once Apple Pay Later is set up, users can also apply for a loan directly in the checkout flow when purchasing.
Apple Pay Later is built right into Wallet, so users can seamlessly view, track, and manage all of their loans in one place. With Apple Pay Later in Wallet, users can easily see the total amount due for all of their existing loans, as well as the total amount due in the next 30 days. They can also choose to see all upcoming payments on a calendar view in Wallet to help them track and plan their payments. Before payment is due, users will also receive notifications via Wallet and email so they can plan accordingly. Users will be asked to link a debit card from Wallet as their loan repayment method; to help prevent users from taking on more debt to pay back loans, credit cards will not be accepted.
Apple Pay Later is enabled through the Mastercard Installments program, so merchants that accept Apple Pay do not need to do anything to implement Apple Pay Later for their customers. When a merchant accepts Apple Pay, Apple Pay Later will be an option for their customers during checkout online and in apps on iPhones and iPad. Goldman Sachs is the issuer of the Mastercard payment credential used to complete Apple Pay Later purchases.
Apple Pay Later is available with iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4.